The Brooklyn Nets have announced that Ben Simmons, the star they acquired in a blockbuster trade back in September 2022, is “probably not going to join” the team for the remainder of the season. This news comes as a significant blow to the Nets, who had high expectations for Simmons after trading James Harden and Paul Millsap to bring him to Brooklyn.
In September 2022, Brooklyn and Philadelphia executed a major trade that sent Ben Simmons, Seth Curry, Andre Drummond, a 2022 first-round pick (unprotected), and a 2027 first-round pick (protected) to the Nets. In return, the Philadelphia 76ers received James Harden and Paul Millsap.
In the 42 games Simmons played for the Nets this season, he averaged just 6.9 points per game, along with 6.3 rebounds per game and 6.1 assists per game. These numbers marked a significant dip from his previous lowest average points per game of 14.3. The decline in Simmons’ performance has raised concerns among fans and analysts alike.
Ben Simmons has been dealing with numerous injury issues over the past year, which have likely contributed to his reduced playing time and lowered performance on the court. The announcement of Simmons not joining the Nets for the rest of the season is not a good look on this entire situation.
The news of Ben Simmons “probably not going to join” the Nets for the rest of the season is disappointing for the team and its fans, who had high hopes for the talented player’s impact on the roster. The team hoped a move to Brooklyn would help him get a fresh start in his career, but this has not gone down a great path.
On the other side of the trade, “James Harden has averaged 21.3 points, 10.7 assists and 6.6 rebounds in 74 games for the 76ers in his career.” Harden was part of a failed superstar project in Brooklyn, which saw the team having Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, and James Harden all on the roster, but many different issues arose and they failed to even make many appearances as a trio on the court.